Siamese cats are among the most popular feline breeds. Their true origins remain a mystery, but it’s a sure fact that they come from Thailand. One of the old names for Thailand is Siam, which is what explains the Siamese cats’ breed name.
These majestic kitties are notorious for their long, slender bodies, triangular heads and blue eyes. Some breeders use the Siamese’s signature looks to creature hybrid breeds, such as designer breeds like the Ocicat.
An interesting Siamese fact is that these kitties used to be cross-eyed, although they don’t carry these genes anymore. Due to their distinct color patterns and piercing blue eyes they were seen as something unnatural and scary, and were often depicted as devilish creatures. Nowadays, however, this breed is a top choice among tons of cat owners all over the world.
Siamese cats have special nutritional needs, which vary from the ones of the average domestic kitty. They also require less grooming due to the fact that their short and glossy fur lacks an undercoat. As such, their fur doesn’t mat that easily and doesn’t require constant upkeep with deshedding tools.
Not only are these feline furballs a truly stunning sight, but they also make great companions. The Siamese is a sociable cat, which does well with other pets, as well as with children.
Siamese cats are absolutely fascinating when it comes to their physical appearances and behavioral traits. They are calm and quite independent, but they don’t take well to being left alone over longer periods of time. In other words, they feel the need to be around their pet parents, but don’t require constant maintenance and attention.
Here are some other entertaining and instructive Siamese facts, which will definitely change the way you see Siamese kitties.
The most vocal feline breed out there is probably the Oriental Shorthair, but Siamese can easily challenge this statement. Siamese kitties have quite a distinctive vocalization and they will speak their mind about… well, basically everything! If you’re on the market for a chatty pet, then the Siamese is a great choice. They aren’t afraid to raise their voice about food, attention, playtime, or something else. Their meowing is rich in assortment and timbre depending on their needs and desires. It’s common for Siamese to nag, complain and seek attention with meows, simply because they feel the need to socialize.
Intelligent and susceptible to training
You’ve probably seen tons of cat videos where kitties of all breeds and ages are performing a variety of tricks. Here’s a fun Siamese fact – these cats can be trained to play fetch! Most felines of the Siamese breed are extremely intelligent and susceptible to training. Their noteworthy brains and their need to socialize make this breed a perfect training subject. You can teach them to jump through hoops, give high fives, and even walk on a leash! Of course, not all Siamese cats are easy to train. After all, each kitty is unique on its own. Nevertheless, the breed is an overall perceptive one, and is quick of apprehending various commands.
Calm, yet clingy
These blue eyed felines are extremely calm and tolerant by default. They do well in socializing with kids and other pets, and may even take a liking towards strangers. Their sociable and amiable nature, however, can make them quite clingy when it comes to their owners. It’s a common behavioral trait for Siamese to follow their pet parents all over the place without any reason. They aren’t lap cats per se, but they will want to snuggle and sleep with their owners on regular basis. Furthermore, they’ll constantly seek the attention of their pet parents to the point of becoming needy. On the other hand, they are also moderately independent and can be left home alone over short periods of time.
Kittens are born purely white
Another well-known Siamese fact is that the baby kittens are born purely white. They develop their signature markings later as they grow up and this process happens after the 4th week. The Siamese’s patterns are actually caused by temperature-based pigments. The center of the body is usually lighter, whereas the “colder” areas, such as the tail and the tips of the paws, are pigmented in darker colors. These spotted markings are caused by a heat-sensitive gene mutation, which all Siamese kitties carry. The paler part on these furballs’ bodies is what defines their overall color – lilac, blue, white, chocolate and so forth.
Compared to other feline breeds Siamese cats are notoriously great jumpers. Their long, slender bodies are well accustomed to performing high, elegant jumps. Siamese cats are fascinated with heights and won’t shy away from climbing on every single piece of furniture. As such, they need lots of perches, high surfaces and cat trees in order to keep themselves well entertained and exercised at all times. If you’re looking for a lazy pet, which will stay on ground level and won’t be tempted to jump all over your drapes, counters and even wall paintings, then the Siamese is definitely not the breed for you.
Can’t see well in the dark
By default feline creatures have excellent sight. They can see in darkness and can distinguish colors, contrary to the popular belief that they see only grey hues. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly the case with Siamese cats. This breed has problems with distinguishing details in the dark. The genes, which cause the pigment in the Siamese’s blue eyes, are the reason for their bad sight. They also lack the special tapetum lucidum layer, which helps other cats see better in the dark by allowing more light to pass through their retinas, thus amplifying the lighting flow. Bad eyesight is a common problem for most Siamese cats alongside other health risks.
Famous Siamese cats
Here are some examples of the most famous Siamese feline furballs – both fictional and in real life.
Si and Am
Si and Am are the two Siamese cats from the popular animations Lady and the Tramp and its sequel Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure. While Si and Am’s roles in the sequel weren’t as big as in the first movie, they did get a notoriously villainous part in the original Lady and the Tramp movie.
Garfield might be one of the most popular cats in the world, but his companion Nermal doesn’t follow far behind. This Siamese is infamous for his constant claim that he is the one and only “world’s cutest kitten”.
Mr. Peep$ was adopted by the American singer Ke$ha back in July 2012 when she was visiting Russia. The Siamese kitty might not be as famous as Ke$ha herself, but he’s constantly appearing on photographs with her. Moreover, he also had a cameo appearance in her music video for the song “Crazy Kids”.
Koko and Yum Yum
Koko and Yum Yum are the names of the two main Siamese cats from the mystery novel series, entitled “The Cat Who…” which consists of a total of 29 books. These feline furballs help the main protagonist solve a vast variety of mysteries throughout the series.
Siamese cats are capricious by default, much like tons of other cats out there. However, when it comes to the Siamese, they are notoriously whimsical about their food. They’ll often demand to get a bite of their pet parents’ meal and they’ll fuss about their own food bowls. These creatures can become so picky that they’ll even starve themselves just because they want a bite of something else than their designated cat food. It’s crucial to feed your Siamese only with special meals, which are specifically manufactured to meet this breed’s nutritious needs.
It’s a fact that Siamese cats are prone to suffering from a variety of health problems. The most common one with this breed is progressive retinal atrophy. Gastrointestinal and neoplastic problems, urinary tract disease, and gum diseases are also common health issues for this breed. Furthermore, Siamese have a shorter lifespan compared to most breeds – they live around 12-15 years on average. While they may suffer from malnourishment due to their pickiness towards food, they are also prone to suffering from obesity. The Siamese’s long, slender legs aren’t made to withstand much weight. As such, it’s vital to make sure you don’t overfeed your Siamese so that it doesn’t become obese.
Mixing wet and dry cat food is a better choice than relying on only one of the two food types. Going through a taste test with your cat is the easiest way to find out which cat foods are preferred by your pet.
Taking proper care of your Siamese’s eyes should always be your priority when it comes to health issues. Overfeeding or malnourishment is also common for this breed. If you’re uncertain about your pet’s health state, immediately schedule an appointment with your vet. Siamese might be more loving and affectionate than many other breeds, but they are still susceptible to a number of health-related problems, so don’t ever leave your Siamese’s health state to chance.